Goal:

The ultimate objective of Sri Ram Sharnam is briefly and clearly summed up in:

 

           Vridhi Aastik Bhaav Ki, Shubh Mangal Snchaar
           Abheu Udai Sad Dharam Ka, Ram Nam Vistaar.

 

               Let Faith in God, Welfare of All Increase
           Let True Religion Prevail & Ram-Naam Pervade.

 

The stress is to restore and spread Faith in God (Theism), seek the universal welfare, spread true religion and Ram-Naam.

While worshiping the “Formless”, the Omnipresent, the Omnipotent and the Omniscient Supreme Power that is the ‘fountain-head of all Virtues’, the devotees tread a simple and straight path to God through the following basic steps: Simran (recitation of Holy Name), Satsang (Holy Congregation of Devotees in the pursuit of God), Sewa (service to mankind), Swadhyaya (Self-study of scriptures) , Sadhna (right living) and Dhyan (Concentration & Meditation on the Holy Name “Ram”).

Swamiji observed ,”To know and realize one’s own true self is Realization of Almighty”.Worshipping ‘The Lord’ with the Recitation (Simran) of Holy Name ‘RAM’, with devotion (Shraddha) and Absolute Faith (Param Vishwaas) leads to the definite realization of God.

Swamiji says that Mukti (Freedom) does not mean renouncing the world and worldly duties. We should rather renounce or give up Fear and Doubt. We should see the Divine in everything and everybody. The duality between Naam and Naami, the Creator and the Creation must cease to exist. The first lines written by Swamiji after he realized God were:

Swamiji extolled the life of a Grihasthi(householder) and did not recommend renunciation for Mukti. One should lead a responsible, disciplined, dedicated and dignified life with a “heart” to God (RAM) and “hand” towards work(duty). One should have a clean sacred heart for Him to dwell and reside. God is for all—for the noble as well as the ignoble, the sinless and the sinners, the saints ad the evil-doers, the poor and the rich. Ram-Naam is the golden key for all.

And a simple litmus test for a devotee to find out whether he is progressing on the spiritual path, is to look for these three divine attributes : “TRUTHFULLNESS”, “FEARLESS NESS” and “HUMILTY”.A true devotee experiences “His” presence at all times and at all places. “He” is a protector and a witness to our actions.

Truthfulness refers to honesty in thought, speech and action. Fearlessness refers to the total absence of any type of fear from anything or any one. Humility must never be mistaken for cowardliness as it is a virtue attributed only to the Bold and the Courageous. The delusion that :”I am better than or superior to any one else”- should be nonexistent in the psyche or the conscious mind of a true devotee.

   
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